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I don’t know why but whenever I’ve been away from home for a while (even a few days camping), I come back bursting with ideas and inspiration for my house. It’s like I’ve had some space and perspective and I’m ready to embrace my home again after some much needed time out. I don’t always get so far in my aspirations for creating the home I want (the usual crap excuses about money, time and energy), but I like to try 🙂
I got excited about seeing interior design magazines at the newsagents’ while I was away (the only time I really get to pay attention to what’s on the magazine racks). I visited small shops filled with cool home wares. Stuff I hadn’t seen before at home. It all gave me a fresh perspective. New ideas. Time away from the saturation of images on the internet really gave me the ability to see things more clearly.
Also, I bought a shower curtain with sequins on it. I know. The world’s gone mad. But damn, it’s beautiful.
I’ve become obsessed with a few ideas upon my return from the camping trip I am yet to blog about:
I am so in love with the chevron look. I know it’s been the trend for a while now, but I am only just getting on board. I love the bright, summery feel. There’s something fresh about it and you can match so many different colours together for a bright home. I needs me a chevron bedspread cover stat! Don’t even get me started on the bargain plates, bowls and cups (with the multi coloured chevron design) I got for our camper van (if I was sponsored I would tell you where I got them from haha)!
I’m really into the mixing and matching idea and chevron prints just seem to be a great starting point that doesn’t feel too scary.
I am also thoroughly enjoying The Organised Housewife blog. It’s not as 1950s as it might sound. You don’t have to be a stay at home mum (or even a mum or even a wife) to benefit from it. For example, my husband has recently gotten on board and is enjoying my newfound enthusiasm! It’s full of achievable (key word if you ask me) tips and daily task ideas to keep your home clean and organised. I love it because you don’t have to dedicate a massive amount of time to it each day. The author (Katrina) keeps everything realistic and easy. It’s not written just for domestic goddesses. It’s for every day people who aren’t always naturally organised – if I can enjoy it, you can too! There are plenty of great de-cluttering ideas too, which suits me fine because I am going through a massive purge of our household – we shall be hoarders of useless stuff no more! If you follow The Organised Housewife on Facebook, it’s great because the little daily tasks to help you maintain your home organisation pop up in your timeline just when you need them! I have a serious blog crush. No other organisational website/blog has ever caught my attention (and believe me I’ve tried).
As per usual, I have decided that my house does not have enough of “us” in it. It’s a perfectly fine place that is nice enough looking, but if you look at the walls, there are not many personalised hangings/photos that include our little family. There are photos of scenery and of our dogs, but none of us!! They aren’t enough of a feature and I want to change that with a colourful photo wall above our television. That wall currently houses some blue fabric covered canvases that I created (with the help of my mum and her staple gun) when we moved in 6 years ago. I have struggled to think of a way to freshen things up in that area for a while now and after having a browse on Pinterest I am wondering why the hell I never thought of this before.
Also? I am obsessed with this colour (and anything in its family):
Seriously. How good is green?! I have long been obsessed with anything in the aqua/blue green family, but I’ve decided it’s time to branch out a little. I know very little about the names of colours but this one is my current favourite. Now give it to me in a chevron design and we’re golden! I mean, green. Isn’t it just so fresh looking? I could almost eat it. I am also obsessed with green beans at the moment (so not relevant and something to do with me needing more iron or something I’m sure).
Also on my list for 2014 is to give my little big boy a brand new bedroom. The idea of decorating is very exciting, but there is so much decluttering to achieve first so we’ll take it step by step! He’s currently in his cot which has been converted into a toddler sized bed but it won’t be long until he needs a full sized single bed (the little monster won’t stop growing). I want to give him a room which makes him feel safe, happy and grown up! Pinterest assures me that I will probably be able to sneak some green chevron in there somehow hahaha. Kidding. Maybe. Maybe not.
So that will keep me busy this year, right? Don’t even get me started on what needs doing out the front of our house too! In between the overseas holidays and other crazy (but exciting) plans we have, I am sure I can achieve SOMETHING!
What home interior styles are you digging these days? x
PS. Sorry about the title of this post. I like puns.